I am currently finding myself in the post-graduation unemployed phase of my character arc and quite frankly that means I don’t really go shopping that much. Not that I would spend that much time shopping before – it has a soul crushing effect on me most of the time. But my dwindling finances mean that I am not frequenting my favourite bookstore ( Science Fiction Bokhandlen in Malmö) as much as I’d like or picking up random weird things from the assorted kitschy stores dotted around the cobbled streets of Lund and Malmö. That’s ok, I’ve been saving my money for something very special – my rapidly approaching trip to New York City. That’s right, the Superbitca is returning to the crazy town that never sleeps. Don’t worry, I’ll be blogging about all my crazy shenanigans as soon as I touch down on friday. Huzzah!
Last week it started to finally feel like spring around here. It it still cold but there’s a new quality in the air and snowdrops are popping up everywhere. The more spring like it gets, the more I get into the D.I.Y mood. So I thought I’d go see if I could find some fun crafty supplies around. This then turned in to a bit of a shopping spree in all of the second-hand/thrift stores in central Malmö. It. Was. Awesome! (Yes this is a picture from the walking street in Malmö. And yes, I have turned into a cartoon. I am kind of in love with this app I just downloaded, PicLab, and couldn’t help myself.)
I love buying things second-hand. When I was a student in St Andrews I used to pick up all kinds of random crap at the charity shops there. I had a whole collection (well..three) of fancy porcelain tea cups and saucers that I’d found for cheap in various shops. I found a silver-y leaf broach that reminded me of the Leaves of Lorien that the fellowship get from Galadriel. I’ve found some awesome books – St Andrews has a surprisingly good selection of used book stores for a town its size. There are two.
In Sweden charity shops haven’t been that big of a thing for that long as far as I know. So there aren’t as many as you find in Scotland or the rest of the UK. But there is a huge one in Malmö called Myrorna (translation: The Ants). They even have a store in the posh new mall they built, which is kind of cool. I went in because I wanted to get my sister a present for Valentines day and she has also been collecting old tea cups. As I went in there was a sign on the door proclaiming that it was 25% off for students- on everything. Clearly I was coming out of there with more than just a tea cup.
I ended up getting two new sets of knitting needles, a length of fabric that I think I’ll turn into a bag, a new scarf, a small leather purse that I couldn’t resist, and this amazing frame! As soon as I saw it I just couldn’t resist. It’s a little banged up but I intend to hang it on my wall and find some cool artwork or something to stick in the middle of it. Its this perfect gold colour that looks great against the brown I’ve painted one of my walls.
I bought the vials at a hobby store in Malmö. My plan is to make some necklaces, probably with mini-terrariums in them or other random bits of nature. I haven’t decided yet. The look pretty sweet though.
I have always been a bit of a pack-rat and hand-me-downs were a staple of my wardrobe growing up. I hate throwing things out that might at some point prove useful, which means that I end up with a lot of “junk” filling up my room. But because of this habit I also take advantage of a lot of stuff that’d otherwise would go to the dump or just stand around in the garage collecting dust. Like this record player and most of the records.
It’s my dad’s and we used to have it in the living room. But since we remodelled it has been exiled to our garage. I salvaged it a few years ago when I decided to jump on the vinyl bandwagon. Didn’t manage to install it in my room until last year though – it was so old I had to re-wire the cord. But now, it works perfectly even if it isn’t new or shiny.
Another one of my favourite pieces that I’ve salvaged is this coat:
I found it in my grandmother’s basement years ago. It was my mom’s coat once upon a time, used only for church and other fancy events. It is perfect for spring and early fall. I had to add the red button after one of the originals magically disappeared – I kind of like it though.
This past fall and winter I have rekindled my love for knitting. Come spring I think I’m going to try to expand my horizons and fire up my grandmother’s sewing machine more. The last thing I sewed was my Lyanna Stark costume for a Game of Thrones dinner party I hosted. I want to do more of that. Which means I need to have more themed events to go to. I’m thinking about attending a Steampunk Festival later this year. Or maybe the annual Medieval Week in Visby. I’d attend ComicCon if I could afford it, but alas that will have to wait for another year! Either way, I sense a lot of crafting in my future.
It will have to wait until after I get back from New York though. But I plan to raid the thrift stores, second-hand boutiques, markets and vintage shops when I’m there to see what cool things I can uncover.Thrifty Business I am currently finding myself in the post-graduation unemployed phase of my character arc and quite frankly that means I don’t really go shopping that much.
Two wonderful people and bloggers, Sarah the Bookshelf Pirate and Kat from Bean Goes Green, have nominated me for the Liebster Award. I don’t really know what this means or where it comes from – but hey, I like answering creative questions so here goes. I am just gonna go ahead and answer all 20 questions here in one post, so hang on, this might take a while.
the rules. (1) Thank the person who…